In this article, I explain the differences between the Sevenhugs U vs X universal remote controls.
While the original (now X) model of the remote will intelligently detect devices in its crosshairs the new U model will not. In other words, if you want Sevenhugs’ contextually aware LCD screen that automatically adjusts to show controls for what you point it at, you need to choose the pricer X model.
In the rest of this article, I’ll review the similarities as well as the differences and we’ll compare these two ‘Smart Remotes’ side by side. In fact, let’s do that now.
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Sevenhugs U vs X: Side By Side Comparison
Sevenhugs Adaptive LCD Screen Is the Cat’s Meow
Sevenhugs’ contextually aware platform and adaptive LCD screen that changes based on what is in its crosshairs is the cat‘s meow. I’ve researched just about every remote you can buy and this is probably the single most innovative universal remote feature of the past few years, possibly the last decade.
You can see Sevenhugs latest ad spot here:
But what if you were to take the auto-sensing feature away? Would the remote still be worth Sevenhugs premium price tag?
Earlier this year, that is exactly what Sevenhugs did. They introduced a new version of the remote dubbed U that does not contain the adaptive screen. However, they also dropped the price of the new model. By a lot. Darn it. Now I have stress.
So which smart remote should a fella choose? If you want the screen to automatically adapt to what you’re pointing it at, go with the X. If you can live without that capability, the U will save you some pretty serious coin.
This is of course if you have your heart set on the Sevenhugs remote. There is a better option for the money in my opinion. More on that below.
Similarities and Common Features
Both remotes will let you control both your home entertainment devices and your smart home tech., including lights, They both can also. handle up to 80 devices, 20 of which can be infrared (think entertainment stuff). They are also both compatible with the Sevenhugs database of 650,000 products. You can check whether Sevenhugs is compatible with the devices you own here.
Additional similarities between Sevenhugs U vs X include:
2 Key Differences
There really are just two differences:
- First, the Sevenhugs U does not have Point Mode—the contextual auto-adaptive screen that changes based on the device you are pointing it at. In order to get to the controls for a device on the U, you need to navigate using the LCD touchscreen.
- Second, in order to use the adaptive screen, the X remote includes three sensors that you need to place around your home in order to get it to work. The U does not include these sensors.
A Few Cons About This Remote
While there is a lot to like about this remote, I do have a few nits based on one month of testing. I have been using the X model.
Is Harmony Elite A Better Option?
OK, before I go here, full disclosure. I really do like the Sevenhugs remote. This is based on my own experience with the X, but I also think the U could be great fun, especially for families who are sick of struggling with multiple remotes. The LCD screen, though it can be a bit buggy at times, is SUPER easy to use.
Now that I’ve finished testing, I’m actually going to hand this over to my aging parents. Yep, it’s THAT easy.
That said, there is a remote that I like better for the money. It’s the Logitech Harmony Elite. I love my Elite. It combines the best of a hard button remote and an LCD screen. Benefits over the Sevenhugs, in my opinion, include Alexa for voice control, physical buttons as well as a touchscreen, and haptic feedback on the LCD panel. The Elite also just looks and feels richer in my hand. It may cost a little more, however, depending on the sale price you pay.
Truth be told, I’ve missed my Harmony Elite since I started testing the Sevenhugs remote a month ago.
If you want to learn more, you can read my comparison of Sevenhugs vs Logitech Harmony Elite here.
What’s in the Sevenhugs Box?
This section details what’s in the box for Sevenhugs U vs X.
Sevenhugs Smart Remote
For both the X and U products, the Sevenhugs Smart remote box contains the following:
- Smart Remote [with rechargeable battery]
- Charging Base
- Power adapter
- User Documentation
The X remote box also includes the following:
- Three (3) Room Sensors [AA batteries included]
HT Guys does a nice job with this helpful unboxing video:
Full Specifications: Sevenhugs U vs XEnter a term into the search field to filter results by that term. For example, entering "color" will show you just the table rows with the word color in them.
|Sevenhugs U||Sevenhugs X|
|Dimensions||5.4 x 1.7 x 0.5 inches||5.4 x 1.7 x 0.5 inches|
|Weight||2.8 ounces||2.8 ounces|
|Color||Black and gray||Black and gray|
|# of Devices||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE) and Z-Wave, and includes IR blaster||Yes||Yes|
|Controls TV, cable boxes, Direct TV, sound bars, and music systems||All major brands||All major brands|
|Controls smart lights||All major brands||All major brands|
|Controls smart thermostats||No. Starting August 31st 2019, Google has decided to migrate the Works with Nest program over to Google Smart Home. Hence, Smart Remote will no longer be able to control Nest products.||No. Starting August 31st 2019, Google has decided to migrate the Works with Nest program over to Google Smart Home. Hence, Smart Remote will no longer be able to control Nest products.|
|Controls entertainment products like Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV||Yes||Yes|
|Controls newer video game consoles [Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One]||Yes||Yes|
|No of devices supported||240,000||240,000|
|Point Mode with Adaptive Screen||No||Yes|
|Includes 3 Sensors||No||Yes|
|Requires sensors placed on walls||No||Yes|
|Requires line of sight [LOS] to devices||Yes||Yes|
|Full color touch screen||Yes||Yes|
|Touch screen size||Ultra thin bezel 3" touchscreen display at very high density of i||Ultra thin bezel 3" touchscreen display at very high density of i|
|Touch screen||3.4 inch (diagonal) high definition LCD screen|
Capacitive multi-touch display
Fingerprint-resistant and anti-glare coating
|3.4 inch (diagonal) high definition LCD screen
Capacitive multi-touch display
Fingerprint-resistant and anti-glare coating
|One-touch activities (Watch Movie, Play Game, Listen to Music) to switch all devices to right settings||Yes||Yes|
|Compatible with Amazon Alexa||No||No|
|Compatible with Google Home||No||No|
|Backlit physical buttons||No Physical Buttons||No Physical Buttons|
|Companion Smartphone App||No||No|
|Battery Life (Before needing a charge)||2-4 days||2-4 days|
|Setup||Via App||Via App|
Sevenhugs U vs X: Which ‘Smart Remote’ Do You Like Better?
So what do you think about the differences between Sevenhugs U vs X?
Is “Point Mode” worth the higher price tag in your opinion? Which of these two smart remotes do you like the best and why?
Or maybe you like Harmony remotes better?
Please leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts.
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About the Author
Tim Brennan is the owner of smart home technology blog oneSmartcrib.com and a regular contributor to UniversalRemoteReviews.com. UniversalRemoteReviews.com is a website that specializes in reviewing smart remote controls and related technologies. Brennan is a father to two sons, a Star Wars nut, and a huge proponent of the Oxford comma. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University. For more than 25 years, he has worked as a technical writer and senior technical writer for organizations in and around Boston. These include General Electric, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Biogen.